The world has become a complex synergy of the physical world and the cyber world. Every day, hackers and cyber criminals launch new, more sophisticated computer viruses, malware, and scams that threaten the data our society relies on. In fact, it is estimated that by 2025, cybercrime will cost $10.5 trillion globally, increasing by 15 percent annually. And a recent study found that cybercriminals can potentially penetrate 93 percent of worldwide company networks.
Whatever your occupation, wherever you live, everyone is exposed to cyber-attacks, such as email phishing and cyber fraud. Your career in cybersecurity will make a meaningful impact on the security of individuals, companies and organizations, and our nation.
National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD)
Michigan Tech is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE–CD) designated by the National Security Agency (NSA). The B.S. in Cybersecurity degree is the validated CAE Program of Study (PoS). The Center for Cybersecurity is the CAE cyber center at Michigan Tech.
Choose Your Concentration
If you enjoy coding and want to develop secure and trusted software systems, this is the concentration for you. You'll learn to systematically design, develop, deploy, and test trusted software and applications; and you'll find and fix common software and application vulnerabilities, preventing attackers from exploiting them.
System and Network Security
If you prefer hands-on learning and want to secure IT systems and infrastructure, this is the concentration for you. By implementing security processes, technologies, and best practice, you'll learn to manage and secure computer systems, networks, and IT infrastructure, and protect them from unauthorized access, attacks, misuse, or damage.
Co-Ops and Internships
Cybersecurity students have direct access to highly competitive cooperative education (co-op) and internship opportunities. These work experiences will give you foundational industry experience in many technical and non-technical areas in the field. When you graduate, you'll have the portfolio of skills that today's employers are seeking. Recent Applied Computing students have completed internships and co-ops at the following companies:
- Alliance Laundry Systems
- Boise Cascade
- C Jackson Electric and Automat
- Caterpillar, Inc.
- CCI Systems, Inc
- Consistacom, Inc.
- Cooper Power Systems
- CSX Transportation
- DTE Energy
- Extreme Engineering Solutions
- GE Aviation
- General Motors
- Georgia-Pacific Corporation
- Harley-Davidson Motor Co
- Hitachi Global Storage Tech
- Johnsonville Sausage, LLC
- Los Alamos Nat'l Lab
- Mass Electric Construction Co.
- Material Handling Services, LLC
- Mercury Marine
- Michigan Consolidated Gas Co
- Michigan Tech
- MTU Systems Admin Svcs
- NewPage Corporation
- Northern Star Industries
- Nucor Steel
- Packaging Corp. of America
- Parr Instrument Co.
- Sentry Insurance A Mutual Comp
- Systems Control
- USG Interiors, Inc.
- Wausau Paper
Great job. Great wages.
The median annual wage for information security analysts was $102,600 in May 2021, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 35% from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations.
Cybersecurity BS Grads Work in These Positions
- Cybersecurity Response Specialist
- Cybersecurity Engineer
- Cyber Threat Analyst
- Security Operations Specialist
- Information Analyst
- Security Policy Analyst/Manager
- Security Architect, Programmer, or Engineer
- Forensics Analyst Investigator
- Ethical Hacker/Penetration Analyst
- IT Auditor
- Application Security Specialist
- Network Security Analyst
- Information Assurance Engineer
The best part of Computing[MTU] is the community. Everyone I've met is helpful and welcoming and I don't feel out of place at all, even though I switched majors mid semester.